Health care has changed dramatically over the past few years. As healthcare changes, the demand for baccalaureate-prepared nurses is on the rise. Many healthcare facilities are requiring a Bachelor of Science as the degree of choice for the registered nursing staff.
The R.N. to B.S. program at Southern Nazarene University is designed for associate degree and diploma nurses who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree. Registered nurses, who have earned 60 or more transferable college semester credits, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, can qualify for this extraordinary college experience.
The R.N. to B.S. program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. The coursework includes advanced nursing concepts, trends and issues, community health, leadership, and research. The student completes 36 hours (27 hours nursing and 9 hours general education) in a 1 night a week, 1 class at a time format that is completed in 14 months. Enrollment is in the total program rather than in individual courses. The program combines concentrated class work and directed independent study. Classes are taught in seminar format, and depend on individual students to provide feedback and input. Graduates from the R.N. to B.S. program have the educational preparation to pursue graduate and advanced practice studies in nursing.
The R.N. to B.S. nursing program at Southern Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.